TV Trivia

Jul. 25th, 2010 09:21 pm
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I've watched the first couple of epsidoes of TNT's new crime drama Rizzoli & Isles. It stars Angie Harmon as homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Maura Isles. Harmon's previous series was Women's Murder Club in which she played a homicide detective, and the other three protagonists were a medical examiner, an assistant district attorney and a newspaper reporter. So R&I is like half of WMC, though it is set in Boston instead of San Francisco. Which reminds me of Crossing Jordan, a show set in Boston about medical examiner "Jordan Cavanaugh", played by Jill Hennessy. Hennessy's previous series had been playing "ADA Claire Kincaid" on the original Law & Order. A couple of years after Hennessy left L&O, Angie Harmon joined the cast, playing "ADA Abbie Carmichael".

Got that?

Sasha Alexander's previous series was NCIS, which stars Mark Harmon (no relation to Angie). I read today that in Tess Gerritsen's novels, which are the source for R&I, the "Maura Isles" character has a Goth look; she doesn't on the show. However, NCIS's lab technician "Abby Sciuto" character does have a Goth look (though she is a very perky Goth). "Maura Isles" has encylcopedic scientific knowledge, but has limited social skills. That's rather reminiscent of the "Temperance Brennan" character on Bones.

Maybe I've been watching too many procedurals.

In addition, IMDb informs me that Paula Newsome, who played the medical examiner on WMC also appeared in two episodes of NCIS and one of Bones. And Aubrey Dollar, who played the reporter on WMC, previously appeared in 5 episodes of Dawson's Creek, which also featured Sasha Alexander for 20 episodes (it looks like they appeared together in one episode). [For the record, I've never seen Dawson's Creek.]

Your assignment, class, is to graph these relationships.
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